Government

NC Senate bill proposes major changes

June 11, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate introduced an economic-development bill that varies significantly from House Bill 117 that was passed in March. The Senate proposal would broaden the sales tax base by making additional services taxable, includes a new formula for distributing sales tax revenues among counties and reduces the personal income tax rate. The bill would cap the state's JDIG incentive program at $15 million per year, or up to $30 million per year if the state lands a "high-yield" project that would create thousands of jobs.

Charlotte Republican launches nonprofit focused on solutions to climate change

June 10, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Jay Faison used $165 million from the sale of his audio-visual company SnapAV to start ClearPath, a nonprofit foundation with a mission of educating his fellow Republicans about the impact of climate change. Faison, 47, is the son of late Charlotte developer Henry Faison.

Report gives NC an F for education spending

June 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

A new report from the Education Law Center ranked North Carolina No. 46 for its overall investment in K-12 schools. The Newark, N.J.-based advocacy group gave the state a B for spending more on high-poverty school systems but an F for education spending compared with overall fiscal capacity.

Harnett to lead NC Republican Party

June 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Republican Party elected Concord businessman Hasan Harnett chairman Saturday. Harnett, the state party's first black chairman, succeeds Claude Pope, who has led the party since 2013. Republican state leaders had endorsed Gastonia attorney Craig Collins.

UNC Chapel Hill could face severe sanctions

June 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC Chapel Hill could face severe penalties after the NCAA accused the university of having a lack of institutional control in its probe of the academic scandal involving student athletes. The NCAA's notice of allegations reported that athletes in several sports received special treatment. UNC has 90 days to respond to the allegations.

Legislators override governor's veto of whistleblower bill

June 4, 2015

(WRAL.com)

The state House and Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that will give business owners the right to sue employees who take photos or videos of unethical workplace practices.

NC Appeals Court ruling favors educators

June 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state legislature's 2013 budget plan that would have phased out teacher tenure by 2018 is unconstitutional. The decision backs a 2014 Superior Court ruling. N.C. Senate president Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement that said they are working to "explore appeal options."

Senate overrides governor's veto

June 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate voted 32-16 to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that would exempt magistrates from performing marriages if they have a religious objection. The House is expected to hold an override vote Wednesday; a three-fifths majority is needed for the bill to become law. Senators also approved a bill that extends the waiting period for abortions from one day to three.

Newton to run for attorney general

June 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Sen. Buck Newton plans to announce Monday that he will run for attorney general in 2016. The Wilson Republican co-sponsored the senate bill that would exempt magistrates from performing marriages if they have religious objections. (Gov. McCrory vetoed the bill last week.) N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is expected to run for governor in 2016.

McCrory vetoes anti-whistleblower bill

June 1, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to sue employees who record videos or take photos in unauthorized areas in order to expose workplace practices. The bill was intended to prevent undercover investigations at agriculture facilities. McCrory said the measure could prevent honest employees from reporting illegal or unethical activity.